Re: How to store an enum value as a corresponding integer?

Lew <>
Sat, 12 Feb 2011 13:44:51 -0500
Robin Wenger allegedly wrote:

Internally in a class I would like to store a value as integer value.
From outside of the class this value should be accessible as enumeration.

I am thinking about something like:

pubic class mycontainer {
   private int myvalue;
   public enum weekday { monday, tuesday, wednesday };

   public weekday getcurrentweekday() {
       return(positioninlist(myvalue)); }

   public void setcurrentweekday(weekday) {

In the sample above 1 should be assigned to myvalue if monday is set as


However the core function positioninlist() is not available.

How can I achive this otherwise in detail?

Daniele Futtorovic wrote:

Many things wrong with your approach and your naming, as Eric pointed out.
Not to repeat what he said, please consider that you can also do the following:

public enum DayOfWeek {



  final int dayIndex;
  DayOfWeek( int dayindex ){
    this.dayIndex = dayindex;

  public int getDayIndex(){
    return dayIndex;

Yeah, or use 'ordinal()'

But surely early on the OP immediately rushed to read
first thing, and thus already knows of this method, of course!

Either way, reliance on a number instead of a typed, compiler-enforced value
carries costs.

Honi soit qui mal y pense.

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